An ugly legal case between GPs and the NHS has got uglier.
Twenty months ago, five GP practices – supported by the British Medical Association – launched legal action against NHS Property Services over a bitter dispute about money.
It has since emerged that NHS Property Services – which is wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care – has countersued the GPs.
Put as simply as possible, the complex feud is about whether the GPs are liable to pay charges incurred by occupying NHSPS-owned buildings.
This argument has existed ever since NHSPS was formed back in 2012, and intensified several years later when the company launched a new charging policy. For some GPs, this meant costs rose by eye-watering sums.
Agreeing terms for the buildings has proved impossible in many cases, because of a lack of paperwork.
After exhausting negotiations with each other, both parties now clearly feel the matter can only be settled in court.
The case, which could have huge…
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